A 16-year-old boy is fighting for his life after being stabbed outside a Nottingham pub during a private party.
A cordon remains in place outside the Duke of St Albans pub in Bewcastle Road, Top Valley, following the incident, which happened at about 11.15pm on Saturday.
Police believe a ‘lone individual’ attended the event and ‘sought out the victim before carrying out the attack’. The boy was taken taken to hospital where he had surgery.
Police are now appealing for witnesses to come forward.
Detective Inspector Mike Ebbins, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “It is believed this was a targeted attack by an individual and not an incident that affects wider public safety, although clearly it is concerning for the community whenever a serious incident like this happens.
“Our thoughts are with the male and his family at this time and we are working incredibly hard to trace the person responsible and would urge anyone who may be able to help us find him quicker to get in touch – even if it is anonymously through Crimestoppers.
“A large amount of resource is being put into this investigation and officers have been making inquiries in the area, including reviewing CCTV footage.
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“Nottinghamshire Police is committed to preventing and enforcing against knife crime and teamwork with the public and partner agencies is vital in tackling incidents such as this. I would urge anyone who has information that could help the investigation to contact Nottinghamshire Police as soon as possible on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Two arrests were made for possession of weapons, although they are not believed to be linked to the incident. Officers also recovered a number of weapons at the scene, including a firearm.
Nottinghamshire Police said in a statement that a cordon will remain in place today with officers on site and uniformed patrols will be stepped up to provide reassurance to residents.